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What Helps the Jardine Academy Staff Do a Better Job of Teaching Their Students? Effective Team Communication

At the Jardine Academy for children with developmental disabilities, 88 students, most with cerebral palsy, receive loving attention from a large staff that includes teachers, therapists, nurses, administrators and others. The K-12 school, operated by the Cerebral Palsy League in Cranford, provides elementary and secondary education for children and young adults, ages 3-21, with multiple disabi...
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Advanced Manufacturing Training Initiative Finds the Right Employees for Elevator-Motor-Repair Company in Hillside

At McIntosh Industries Inc. in Hillside, a large elevator motor from the 110-story Sears Willis Tower in Chicago lies on a flatbed truck awaiting repair in the company’s loading dock. A niche player in the nation’s elevator servicing industry, McIntosh has landed yet another impressive contract, this one to repair an elevator motor from North America’s tallest building. As its business has e...
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Ready to Work NJ Resolves Growing Firm’s Search for Skilled Production Employees

Jeannette Vasquez’s resume said it all: “Energetic,conscientious, reliable production team player.” Add 12 years of award-winning work as a packaging machine operator with Ocean Spray in Bordentown, NJ, and Vasquez was the perfect fit for a production-job opening at Salvona’s new manufacturing plant in Hamilton, just six miles north of Ocean Spray’s shuttered facility. But that six miles was an...
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4 Good Reasons Your Company Should Get Skills Training for Its Employees under the NJBIA Basic SKills Workforce Program

Looking to upgrade your employees’ skills? Thanks to a new round of funding from the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development, New Jersey businesses can now apply for expanded employee training under a popular program that’s got a new name. The NJBIA Basic Skills Workforce Training Program, also known as Employability Skills Training, is now in its 8th year and still growing in popul...
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The Consortium and Its Partner Colleges Are Closing the Skills Gap for NJ Companies

One of the great frustrations of business owners today is their inability to find the people with the right skills and experience to fill open jobs, especially jobs of a technical nature. This “skills gap,” especially in manufacturing, has become a chasm of Grand Canyon proportions. One reason: the vast majority of students today are herded into four-year colleges to become doctors, lawy...
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Ready to Work NJ Finds the Right Man for New Process-Control Job at HK Metalcraft

Evolve or die. That’s the motto at the HK Metalcraft Manufacturing Corporation on Industrial Road in Lodi, NJ. “Every five to ten years we undergo some kind of strategic transformation because we’re forced to by industry (conditions) or we decide to evolve,” explains Josh Hopp, the company’s 32-year-old, 4th generation chief executive. “My father’s favorite quote was: ‘You either evolve or ...
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New Hope for Weary Job Seekers

‘Ready to Work New Jersey’ Connects the Long-Term  Unemployed with Companies Who Need their Skills They are called the “exhaustees.” They are men and women of every ilk, some with exceptional skills and talents. They have been desperately seeking work for a long time. They have exhausted their unemployment benefits, and they are—quite literally—exhausted and demoralized from their endless sear...
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Trainees at Raritan Valley Community College Are First To Get Metal Fabrication Instruction in New Mobile Learning Lab

The 11 trainees huddled in New Jersey’s first mobile manufacturing training classroom worked quickly to solve the kind of math problem they aspired one day to solve as newly employed CNC metal-fabrication machine operators. Jonti Pizarro, 24, of Asbury Park was among those who received a high-five “knuckle bump” from Raritan Valley Community College instructor Conrad Mercurius for getting the ...
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Companies that Enjoy Free Basic Skills Training from Hudson County Community College Go Back for More

At Hudson County Community College, the state’s Basic Skills Workforce Training Program is opening doors. The program is free to employers and their employees, polishing employees’ skills in basic computer operations, mathematics and measurement, English as a second language, and written and verbal communications. Ana Chapman-McCausland, executive director of the college’s Center for Bus...
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Free PC Skills Training Has Big Impact on Family-Owned Store at the Jersey Shore

There’s never a moment to waste at Initial Impact, Dale and Donna Szakats’ promotional products store near the big sand beaches of Spring Lake, NJ. Their shop on Warren Avenue, which was established 30 years ago, works hard to keep up with the influx of customer  orders for its custom embroidery, monogram,  silk screen and other promotional products. Vacations are a rarity. But Donna and...
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